Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing away of the revered Pablo Piacentini, co-founder of the international news agency IPS. This op-ed was written by Piacentini in 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of IPS:

Half a Century of Struggle Against Underdevelopment
Pablo PiacentiniThe idea of creating Inter Press Service (IPS) arose in the early 1960s in response to awareness that a vacuum existed in the world of journalism, which had two basic aspects. Firstly, there was a marked imbalance in international information sources. World news production was concentrated in … MORE > >


IPS is pleased to present a special series of articles to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017:

“Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030.” Lakshmi Puri

Yayi Bayam Diouf became the first woman to fish in her small rural fishing village in Senegal despite initially being told by the men in her community that the fish wouldn’t take bait from a menstruating woman. When she started practicing law, Ann Green, CEO of ANZ Lao, was asked to make coffee or … MORE > >

The Labour Market Is the Key to Equality for Women in Latin America
Alicia Bárcena

Latin America and the Caribbean is the only region in the world where, for the past four decades, states have continuously met to discuss and commit themselves politically to eradicating discrimination and gender inequality and moving towards guaranteeing women the full exercise of their autonomy … MORE > >

Seven Scary Facts About Widening Gender Gap
IPS World Desk

Women across the globe are facing new threats, which risk dismantling decades of hard-won rights and derailing the effort to end extreme poverty, an international confederation of civil society organisations has revealed ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8. The renewal of the global … MORE > >

Another Town in El Salvador Votes No to Mining
Aruna Dutt

The citizens of Cinquera municipality in Cabañas delivered a resounding vote against mining, on Sunday February 26th, when 98 percent of residents voted in favour of becoming El Salvador’s fifth “territory free of mining.” “Mining companies have a wide field with major extension in other … MORE > >

Women’s Rights Activists: “Nevertheless, We Persist”
Tharanga Yakupitiyage

Human rights groups have expressed concern for the future of global negotiations on women’s rights in a climate of restrictive policies ahead of an upcoming annual UN meeting on the status of women. While discussing the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), organisations highlighted … MORE > >

“Women in the UN Working Together to Improve the Lives of Women Worldwide”
Chitra Deshpande

This International Women’s Day we celebrate women in the changing world of work, recognizing the need to fully realize women’s working potential in order to achieve Agenda 2030. We know that when women earn money, they spend it on feeding their families and educating their children. It is … MORE > >

Valuing Women’s Unpaid Work
Shaheen Anam

Women’s work remains unaccounted for even though the issue of unpaid work carried out by women is being discussed globally at the policy, academic as well as practitioners’ levels. Defined as “unpaid care work,” this includes taking care of children, elderly and the sick, cooking and cleaning, … MORE > >